Fun to see the announcement today that New York City-based actor Jeff Skowron will be back to play the Grinch at The Old Globe. I hung out with Skowron last December for a story in our People at Work series.

Usually I wrote about local workers in that series. But I was intrigued to write about this itinerant artist community and its impact on the economy — people like Skowron whom local arts institutions bring in for a weekend or for a few months to live, rehearse and perform here.

This will be the 13th season of the adored theatrical version of the Dr. Seuss tale. It started here and has stretched all the way to Broadway. That’s where Skowron first learned the production, performing as a few different Who characters and as the Grinch’s understudy.

From my story last December:

Skowron is one of more than 130 people making this year’s production go. … Even on days when he has four performances in a row, Skowron must remove and reapply his whole getup, from face paint to wig to hairy, hairy costume.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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